Seriously people, look at the list of crap that they use for ingredients in this stuff…
Tesco Instant Hot Chocolate Drink
Sugar, Whey Permeate Powder (Milk), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder (11%), Dried Skimmed Milk, Coconut Oil, Dried Glucose Syrup, Stabilisers (Dipotassium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Carboxymethylcellulose, Sodium Polyphosphate), Milk Proteins, Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids), Flavouring (contains Milk), Anti-Caking Agent (Silicon Dioxide)
Options Instant Belgian Chocolate Drink
Whey Powder (Milk), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder (21%), Sugar, Thickeners (Acacia Gum, Xanthan Gum), Belgian Chocolate (7%) (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Flavouring), Dried Glucose Syrup, Skimmed Milk Powder, Coconut Oil, Whole Milk Powder, Salt, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Sweetener (Aspartame), Anti-Caking Agent (E551), Flavouring, Stabiliser (E340)
…and that was just the first 2 i pulled off Tesco’s website.
Don’t people actually give a fuck any more about their health, fitness, wellbeing and longevity? Obviously not if they’re buying this utterly toxic garbage.
Now i’m not saying don’t enjoy a nice cup of cocoa, everyone should have that pleasure, but there’s nice healthy ways of enjoying it and really crap nasty ways and hot chocolate mixes are really crap nasty ways.
Use pure cocoa powder – or if you really want to spoil yourself get some organic raw Criollo cacao – either is good and healthy as long as the ingredients on the packet only list one single ingredient – cocoa or cacao. Different cocoas and cacaos have different flavours (just like coffee does), there’s a few different species of cacao each with their own tastes and then the processing by different producers creates different fat contents, etc., as well, so do try some different ones at different quantities in your drinks until you find the one that you really like.
Sweeteners… Do not use artificial sweeteners as they are seriously bad for your health. They ruin your gut microbiome, they ruin your gut wall, they increase your risk of diabetes because they’ve ruined your microbiome and gut wall, they increase your risk of other diseases like cancer, they increase your desires for ever more sweeter products leading to ever increasing obesity because you’ll never be truly satisfied because nothing you ever eat again will be as sweet as these artificial sweeteners can make it.
Let us get one thing straight… Sugar does not cause diabetes, and anyone telling you it does is either utterly ignorant or looking to profit out of your ill health. Fat causes type 2 diabetes and dairy causes type 1 diabetes, neither are caused by sugar other than if you over consume loads of refined sugar which your body is then forced to convert it into fat in order to get the sugar out of your bloodstream – once again, it’s the fat that causes the diabetes not the sugar and you have to over consume approx 10,000 calories (that’s calories you don’t need) of pure sugar to get your body to produce 1kg of fat. Yes, absolute fact, your body needs about 10,000 calories of excess calories from carbs to make 1kg of fat – so, let’s be honest, a tsp or 2 in your cocoa is really not going to hurt.
And there’s actually lots of nice natural sweeteners for you to try. Start with raw cane sugar, i like Demerara in my drinks, but there’s lots of different raw cane sugars out there so try a few, they all have their own unique tastes to bring to your cocoa. Light cane has the mildest taste whereas Muscovado has one of the strongest with Demerara in the middle-ish. There’s also other nice natural sweeteners that bring their own unique tastes to your cocoa/cacao drink, like date syrup, agave nectar, maple syrup, etc.. Just make sure that you check the ingredients to ensure that you are buying the pure, natural product and not some adulterated, toxic garbage.
Do not use milk from animals as this will destroy all the health benefits of the cocoa/cacao. Dairy not only causes type 1 diabetes but it also destroys the efficacy of all anti-oxidants that you put in your stomach with it.
If you really must use milk for your cocoa then use a plant milk. Again, many different ones to try with their own unique flavours.
But why not try drinking it black? Yes, you can make a delicious cup of cocoa without any type of milk product (just like coffee and tea). Just simply add pure cocoa/cacao to a mug with a little raw cane sugar (adjust both to taste) and enjoy.
And you can really nice this up by following this recipe for one of the most super healthy drinks there possibly is…
2 tsp cocoa (adjust to taste)
1.5 tsp raw cane sugar, date syrup, maple syrup, etc. (adjust to taste)
1 peppermint tea bag
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
400ml boiling water
Stir well, let settle and cool for a few minutes, stir well again.
Anyways, if you care about your health, fitness, longevity and quality of life, stop with the drinking hot chocolate mixes and mix your own from pure ingredients and make something unique and healthy.
I can’t think of anything more stupid than wasting your time and money peeling something that doesn’t need peeling and throwing away valuable food and nutrients when you send the peel to landfill or compost.
Seriously people, you do not need to peel ginger. Just rinse any soil off and then chop, slice or grate it as it is.
Stop wasting good food please!!!
Great interview in two parts from Plant Based News…
Yes, it’s definitely an eating disorder…
Cure yourself today, go wholefood vegan and live a longer, healthier, fitter life.
Dr Michael Greger’s yearly video is out… Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating the Most Common Diseases with Diet
This is a must watch for anyone who cares about their wellbeing…
So now we have this piece of utter nonsense…
Firstly, let get one thing straight. Activity and exercise are not the same thing. Going for a walk is not exercise, it’s just an activity. Bear that in mind if you want to lose weight.
When i walk, which i do briskly, i burn 180 calories an hour. That’s an activity. My heart rate barely ever goes above 100bpm.
When i cycle, at bottom to middle of zone 2, i burn over 360 calories an hour. This is light exercise.
When i cycle at the top of zone 2 / bottom of zone 3 i burn over 450 calories and hour. This is normal exercise.
The difference is what it makes your body do afterwards. The exercise will put into action changes in your body in the recovery period which will make your body far more efficient at burning calories and will also raise your resting metabolic rate, burning even more calories. Activity doesn’t do anything like that.
Exercising for 2 hours a day, i can easily burn 6300 calories a week. That equates to burning 36.4kg of fat a year. That’s 5.7 stone of fat. And that’s just in the exercise period, that doesn’t begin to factor in the extra calories that will be burned in the recovery period due to the exercise, or the increase in resting metabolic rate due to the exercise.
But if i was to go for a brisk walk for two hours every morning i would only be burning 14 kg of fat a year.
I hope you can see the difference?
But even still, if everyone who is overweight just did 2 hours of brisk walking a day that would make a huge difference over a year. Especially considering that i’m only 9.5 stone in weight and the heavier you are the more calories you will burn when you walk.
How do you know what a brisk walk is? Buy a heart rate monitor and use it every time you go for a walk. Buy a good one that you can program your weight into with GPS tracking for speed and distance as that gives you a more accurate read on calories burned. Garmin make great heart rate monitors. Yes, a good one may be expensive, but it will give you many years of happy healthy fulfilled life in return. It’ll be one of the best investments you’ve ever made.
A good, fully GPS, whistles and tinsel, sports watch that tracks everything you do will make you realise just how little you are actually doing. We can so easily convince ourselves that we’ve just walked 8 miles at a brisk pace but a good sports watch will soon tell you that you only walked 5 miles at slow pace. There’s no cheating with these things.
Anyway, for these so called experts to be saying that exercise (and even activity) is no good in the treatment of obesity, one has to ask just what their agenda is. Because i would welcome the chance to go on national television with them and debate this live for the whole country to see. The science is solid in what i have written above. 1kg of fat is 9000 calories. If you burn 6300 calories a week then you will burn 36.4kg or 5.7 stone of fat a year – at least. And as i said above, these figures are for me at 9.5 stone, the heavier you are the more calories you will burn.
Granted, most people could not go out today and start burning that amount of calories straight away. I certainly couldn’t when i bought Waldo last October. But 6 months of riding with Waldo and 6300 calories a week is easily doable. A bit more each time you exercise, a bit faster, a bit further, and within 6 months most of us can easily be burning a huge amount of fat off our waistlines.
Waldo is my ‘Giant Defy 1’ road bike, in case you were wondering.
But then i hear people say, i haven’t got two hours a day to spare. Well i beg to differ. Throw the television away for a start – there’s nothing on it that will make your life any good whatsoever, you’ll just sit there eating crap, drinking crap staring at it going brain dead, staying up late and not getting enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep is a cause of obesity and if you seriously want to lose weight then you need to get a good night’s sleep every night, and staring at a back lit screen before you go to bed does not allow you to get a good night’s sleep. Go to bed at 7pm having read a book for an hour first, and get up at 3.30 and go for a bike ride when there’s no traffic about and the air is cleaner. Stop driving or taking public transport to work and cycle there instead, and start taking detours as you get fitter and faster to make the journey longer and burn more calories doing it. Get a bike rack with big paniers and do your shopping using your bike instead of your car. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
But to say that exercise is no help in treating obesity is just total nonsense.
And the other benefit of exercise is that it improves both your physical and mental health at the same time as burning loads of calories. You will feel younger, happier, more enthusiastic for life. What’s not to like?
I will discuss the diet part of the above BBC article in my next post. Cause that’s a load of nonsense as well!
It’s utterly shocking, and also saddening, that a child in the UK has died from scurvy…
This is 2015, we are one of the richest nations on the planet, and yet children are suffering from vitamin C deficiency to the point that they’re dying from scurvy!
This is the problem with a society that is being fed and addicted to junk food – they end up raising their children on a diet of junk food.
What’s also shocking about this report is this bit…
Katie Hanson, representing the Seabridges, told the inquest that Professor Joris Dlanghe, a specialist from Belgium, questioned those findings.
She told the inquest that Professor Dlanghe was of the opinion that other deficiencies such as folic acid would have been present too, but were not.
A specialist in what? Obviously not a specialist in nutrition because the human body doesn’t use or need folic acid, and we wouldn’t get folic acid unless we actually ate foods adulterated with it. There’s no such thing in the human body as a deficiency in folic acid!
Folic acid is palmed off on people as a vitamin B9, but it isn’t vitamin B9. Vitamin B9 is Folate, a totally different molecule to folic acid. Rats have been shown to be able to convert folic acid to folate without any side effects, but that doesn’t mean that humans can do the same…
But anyway, how the defence can stand up and somehow state that an abundance of folic acid (a product found in a lot of processed junk food) in someone’s body proves they didn’t die from scurvy begs an answer in itself.
Should the parents be blamed for this? That’s an easy way out if you think about it. Just blame the ignorant fools who didn’t know what a good diet looks like while most people in the UK don’t have any idea what a good diet looks like. Thousands of people are dying from diseases caused by bad diets (malnutrition) every day, and bad diets (malnutrition) are costing the NHS the vast bulk of its budget to keep up with the diseases caused by this. Bad diets and malnutrition are why the NHS is in such disarray, and no other reason.
This whole affair begs answers from our society as a whole that children are now being fed such crap diets that they’re beginning to die from scurvy! What happened to healthy school meals? One good healthy meal a day would have prevented this, so if a child of this age died from scurvy then questions should be asked of the education authority.